“No Hard Feelings” By Dreezy Album Review: Balanced & Well-Executed Debut For Hip-Hop’s Rising Star
Chicago MC and singer Seandrea Sledge, better known as Dreezy, released her debut album No Hard Feelings to much anticipation from fans. Her first record explores different sides to her personality and artistry as she balances R&B sensitivity and hip-hop force.
Beyond making appearances and collaborating with other big names in the business like Common and Nicki Minaj, Dreezy hadn’t really made a name for herself until earlier this year, when she released her single “Body” featuring Jeremih. The track, which features some slow-jamming tunes and reggae-like beats. It is rather upbeat for the blend of R&B and hip-hop that is present on the rest of the album, but the collab certainly makes for an enjoyable listen and a smashing hit with millions of views.
Thematically, No Hard Feelings breaks away from much of Dreezy previous LPs and mixtape productions. She asserts her female independence and no longer focuses on past relationships and issues to deliver the listeners a piece of her own mind. She shows many different sides to her personality – independent but also approachable. Dreezy does as much singing as she does rapping on this well-crafted album, which explores all of her strengths as an artist, and her sound too is multilayered soft but also hardcore at times. And on top of that, she is backed up by a fine selection of collaborators, such as T-Pain, Gucci Mane and Wale.
In the days before the album’s release, Dreezy also dropped the TM88-produced “Spazz.” As hip-hop hits go, this one has stellar beats that constantly ebb and flow the rap in a manner that most resembles Future in Dreezy’s male counterparts.
No Hard Feelings displays the singer in her comfort zone at the crossroads between R&B and hip-hop, but still leaves some room for pushing the boundaries and broadening her scope. The record is a strong and cohesive debut, proving that the 22-year-old rapper means business and is here to stay.